Both Haverhill High indoor track teams had impressive showings over the weekend, as they competed against some of the best in the state. Several Hillies had personal bests in both the MSTCA Coaches Invitational on Saturday and the MSTCA Elite Meet on Sunday. Both meets were held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
On Saturday, Riley Gilmore placed fifth in the 2-mile run, Patrick Garvey was seventh in the high jump and John Delacruz finished ninth in the 300-meter dash to round out Hillie top 10 finishes in the Coaches Invitational. On Sunday, the Hillies proved they deserved to be considered among the best in the state. Bridget Twomey and Jackie Solimine finished 14th and 16th respectively in the 2-mile run. They then teamed with Samantha Wise and Elizabeth Faircloth for a sixth place finished in the 4x800 relay. Dan Burrows placed 18th in the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 1 inch. The teams will now prepare for the Merrimack Valley Conference Championship on Feb. 10.
The boys' swim team finished the regular season strong, winning its final three meets of the season. The Hillies snagged non-league victories over Melrose and Belmont last week. They then avenged an early season loss to Central Catholic with a 99-87 win on Monday afternoon. Haverhill finished the regular season with a 6-4 record. The Hillies will host the 2012 Merrimack Valley Conference Swim & Dive Championship Friday afternoon at the Charles C. White Pool. The diving championship will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the swimming championship at 4:15 p.m. Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for children.
The hockey team played two of its best games of the season last week. On Wednesday, the squad jumped out to an early lead and held on to defeat Newton South 5-2. They followed that up by almost handing league-leading Boston Latin its first loss of the season. It took a late empty net goal by Boston Latin to secure the 3-1 victory. The Hillies will play their final home game of the season on Feb. 15, when they host Tewksbury.
The wrestlers continued to improve and had another big victory on Saturday afternoon, defeating Leominster 48-36. Jorge Alfonso, Parris Williams, Jonah Atkins, Jomar Cannon, Sammie Al-Ziab and Saul Medina all won by pin for the Hillies. The squad will compete in the MIAA Division 1 North Sectional Tournament this Saturday at Chelmsford High School.
The Hillies have clinched a spot in the 2012 MIAA Girls Basketball Tournament. Haverhill defeated Mt. Alvernia last Wednesday to improve to 11-5. The next home game for the Hillies will be on Friday, when they host Notre Dame. The boys team pulled out a 58-56 victory at Methuen last Tuesday for their second win in three games. The Hillies will be on the road until Feb. 12, when they host Reading at 4 p.m.
For complete winter schedules and updates information on Haverhill sports, visit our web site at: www.hillies.org
Join us for a night of laughs as the fourth annual Haverhill High School Comedy Night will be held on Friday, March 9, at DiBurro's function hall. Three top professional comedians will perform and there is a long list of raffle, silent and live auction items. All proceeds will benefit the Haverhill High athletic program. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at the high school. For further information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tom O'Brien at (978) 374-5732.
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Tom O'Brien is the athletic director at Haverhill High School. He contributes this regular column.